Guidelines for Release of Information

What, if anything, can I release?

The following steps provide a simple means to determine what information may be released. Release of any information other than that listed in Step 3 may have serious legal implications. If you receive a request for information other than what is covered in these steps, refer the inquirer to the Registrar's Office. Refer ALL inquiries under the USA PATRIOT Act to the Registrar's Office.

All access and use at Oregon State University of the Social Security Number is prohibited except for meeting federal or state requirements, compliance and reporting.

You may copy these guidelines as needed, or request additional copies from the Registrar's Office. We suggest that you keep a copy by your telephone for ready reference.

Step 1

Check the confidentiality of the student's records. Has the student restricted the release of all information?

  • Look at the grade roster or class roster. If a student's record is confidential you will see a dash before the student's name.
  • Sign on to Banner and go to SGASTDN or SGASTDQ or SPAIDEN. Enter the student's ID number. If this student's information is confidential, Banner will show *CONFIDENTIAL* in the upper left portion of the form. You also can see this on SAAADMS, SFAREGS, SFASRPO, SHATERM, SPAPERS, and other forms that access the student's record.
  • If you do not have access to Banner, ask someone who has access to check the student's record for you, or call the Registrar's Office for help, 541-737-4048.

Step 2

If the student's record is CONFIDENTIAL, you must respond to the inquiry in a way that does not acknowledge the student's existence on campus. Example: "There is no information available on that person." If the person inquiring persists, you might suggest that they ask the student in question to contact the Registrar's Office directly, or refer the caller to the Registrar's Office.

Step 3

If the student's records are NOT confidential, then determine what information about the student is being requested. Oregon State University will provide only the following Directory Information to all inquiries without students' written consent. Non-directory Information may not be released without written consent.

Step 4

If anything other than the above information is requested the request should be denied. Refer all inquiries from law enforcement officials directly to the Registrar's Office. If there are other unusual and extraordinary circumstances, refer the request to:

NO information may be released about students who have established confidentiality of their records.

Directory Information

The following directory information is public record and may be released to any inquiry, unless the record in Banner is marked as confidential.

Student's name

Current mailing address (CM address in Banner) and telephone number 

OSU ONID email address

Campus office address

Class standing (e.g. freshman, sophomore, etc.)

Student level (undergraduate, graduate, etc.)
College

Major field of study 

Honors

Full-time or part-time enrollment status

Status as a graduate teaching assistant or graduate research assistant and hours of service

Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

Dates of attendance

Anticipated graduation date

Degrees and awards received

Date(s) of degree(s)

Most recent previous educational institution attended by student

These policy guidelines are in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 351.065), the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (PL 93-380) [34 CFR Part 99], and Oregon Administrative Rule 576-020-0005.

Non-Directory Information

This information is protected and MAY NOT BE RELEASED. If there are unusual and extraordinary circumstances refer the request to the Office of the Registrar, B102 Kerr Administration Building, 541-737-4048.

Student's Gender

Current email address (not ONID email address)
Month and day of birth

Transcript: Official or unofficial

Transcript: Student copy

Social Security Number (complete or partial)

Student ID Number (whether SSN or generated ID). All access and use at Oregon State University of the Social Security Number is prohibited except for meeting federal or state requirements, compliance and reporting.

Grades earned

Credits earned

Graduation status; course work yet to be completed (Cannot report whether student has applied for graduation)

Residency status

Fees paid

Class rank

Current academic status (probation; suspension; petitions; readmit status. That a student has applied can be released, but the status of the application cannot be released.)

VA, Social Security Status

GPA (Grade-Point Average)

Class schedule

Parent or guardian name or address

All other information about a student

These policy guidelines are in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 351.065), the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (PL 93-380) [34 CFR Part 99], and Oregon Administrative Rule 576-020-0005.